Jurors in the Age of Google

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Hello my Blog Colleagues—

I’m off to Hawaii (yes – I hear the groans from you snow-bounders). But I’m really off to work! The Federal Bar Council, made up of appellate and federal judges and the lawyers empowered to appear before them, is meeting to discuss a very serious new issue appearing in our trial court.

The name of the program is Jurors in the Age of Google…

And the problem? Jurors, who are required by law to make decisions based only on the evidence they see and hear in court, are now going home and googling everything about the trial they’re sitting and judging! Checking out the backgrounds of lawyers, the witnesses, the information, the technical or medical evidence and so on. And since they do this in secret, how are we now to handle this? What can now constitute a fair trial? Will the courts make accommodations for this phenomenon? Pass new laws?

My role is to help the assembled members understand what happened to communication and how TV, computers and the Internet have drastically changed us.

I’ll discuss the origins and effects of these changes and the new demands we all make now about how we learn- let alone listen- or don’t. And then to explain the Generation Gaps and how these very different groups process, accept or reject information and what that’s based on.

Then I’ll present some new skills and new approaches to help lawyers and judges reach jurors more effectively.

When I return I’ll tell you all about what happened at this exciting meeting and what was decided that can affect us all…

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2 thoughts on “Jurors in the Age of Google

  1. Sonya

    Sounds like a terrific opportunity.

    Have no doubt you’ll WOW all those legal eagles.

    BTW, you’ll hear no groans from this snow-bounder — I’ve gone underground ‘till Spring ( a Groundhoger’s locale of choice …)

    Look forward to hearing all about your Hawaiian adventure — and will do my best to resist the urge to do any Google research in the interim ;D

    Have a great trip. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen… or at least the 3oz they allow in carry on.

    Best, Lorraine B. ( “ I see connections where others merely see…”© )

  2. Sonya,

    You are doing a valuable service for all persons who are active participants of such scenes. Keep up the good work. We will all be anxious to hear about your trip and the reception of your presentation by those attending the conference.

    Frank W.

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